DIALOGUE, SUPPORT
& ACTIVISM

On Friday, June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson case related to the authority of states to regulate abortion. The Court ruled in favor of Dobbs, and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives. Depending on state laws, this could mean restricted access to abortion – including banning the procedure.

 

This ruling has had an immediate impact on women (and people with uteruses) across the country. As women of substance, character and influence, it is not only our hope, but belief that we continue to encourage dialogue, compassion and understanding within the walls of our Pyramid. It is core to our organization as evidenced in our twin ideals, “The Brotherhood of Man and the Alleviation of the World’s Pain,” and we will continue to provide resources and tools for our sisters to process and dialogue. 

STARTING & PARTICIPATING IN CONVERSATION

Conversations should come from a place of care. Individuals may have different viewpoints, experiences, history, etc. which impact affect the personal impact of the Supreme Court's decision. Abortion, miscarriage, reproductive rights, etc. can be triggering and should be approached with appropriate care warnings. Be mindful of the intersectionality of this ruling for different minority identity groups, socioeconomic groups, geographic regions, religions, genders, etc. This topic is incredibly nuanced, and a dialogue has the potential to dive deep into other related discussions.  

 

If you are not in a place to productively engage in these conversations, take a step back. Your personal wellbeing and mental health must remain a priority.  

RESOURCES

SUPPORT & MENTAL HEALTH

While it is our responsibility as sisters to look out for and care for one another, we are not mental health professionals. Support your sisters by helping to identify resources and encourage them to seek support of professionals.  

 

Additionally, it is important that you make sure to prioritize your own mental health and physical well-being. Information overload compounded with extreme feelings can quickly lead to burnout. Step away from conversations, social media, etc. when needed.  

 

Take time to understand what these changes mean for you. Learn what your state laws are, your options and your local resources.   

RESOURCES

MAKE A DIFFERENCE THROUGH COLLECTIVE ACTIVISM

Connect with established organizations, advocacy groups and nonprofits already engaged in your community. It is important that you utilize and support existing efforts and not duplicate or create competing messages.  Leverage university partners, departments, student organizations and resources to mobilize efforts on your campus.  

DONATIONS 

  • Research reputable organizations that disclose how the funds will be responsibly allocated. Charitynavigator.org is one resource you can use to check how funds are utilized. 

  • Encourage members and community members to donate directly to the existing organization they are passionate about.  

  • Avoid organizing a fundraiser or promoting the opportunity to donate as a game, competition or chapter fundraiser. There is no reason to pool money together before it is donated.  

  • While it is important to encourage and inspire others to donate, refrain from seeking credit for your participation. It is not important that you/chapter receive credit or publicity for the donation.   

 

POSTING & SHARING ONLINE 

  • If you choose to share online, focus on sharing resources and action items. Repost statements from campus organizations/departments, nonprofits and community activists. Your platform and audience is an opportunity to amplify the voice of others.   

  • Only reshare items from reputable sources to avoid spreading misinformation. 

  • Expect that followers may respond and provide feedback or opposition. 

  • Be mindful that deleting or reporting comments or blocking followers can close off your opportunity to engage in dialog.  

  • When someone does not share the same opinion, use a guided and one-on-one conversation to engage in a productive dialog.  

 

VOLUNTEERING & DEMONSTRATING 

  • Identify spaces and organizations offering opportunities to safely demonstrate, support and volunteer.  

  • Create a plan to participate safely including transportation, attire and supplies. In the event you are injured, arrested or sheltered-in-place, you will need to be prepared with snacks, first aid, cash/ID, protective gear, etc.  

  • Observe curfews, restrictions or local directives pertaining to when and where events are allowed to take place.   

  • Check in with the people you attend with. Stay together and identify a “homebase” in the event you are separated.  

  • Be present in the moment. Make time to process and share your experience with others afterward. Thoughtfully use your voice to focus on the impact that needs to be made. 

VOTER ENGAGEMENT

While Phi Sigma Sigma is a bipartisan organization, we encourage our members to be engaged citizens and use your voice in local, state and national elections and proposed legislation. As midterm elections approach in November, it is important you register to vote and make your voice heard. Take the time to research your representatives and their platforms at all levels including local, state and federal. Voting remains one of the most powerful tools to create change.    

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UPCOMING PROGRAMMING

Our collective efforts to mobilized do not begin and end with an email or a social media statement. Join us for virtual programming to connect with sisters, expand your knowledge and further dialogue related to women's rights and other relevant social issues. And tune in for live programming on the last Thursday of every month at 9:00 P.M. ET / 6:00 P.M. PT.

Why Substance, Character & Influence?

AUGUST 25

WE THE PEOPLE VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE

Get involved with a nation-wide bipartisan voter registration drive.

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OCTOBER 27

DOCUMENTARY DEBRIEF: THE JANES

Join us as we debrief and discuss The Janes (stream now on HBO). 

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INDEPENDENT STUDY

PODCAST & BOOK LIBRARY

Looking for more resources and materials to review on your own?

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SEPTEMBER 29

RISE OF THE GREEN BANDANA

Learn about the history of the green bandana and how you can spread awareness on your campus.

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DECEMBER 1

BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION

Book selection TBD.

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INDEPENDENT STUDY